Long Beach then and now

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Almost five years ago, Hurricane Katrina changed our lives forever. But the setback has turned into progress for many Gulf Coast cities.

The code office in the City of Long Beach has been busy issuing permits, so the rebuilding effort can continue. Today, about 15,500 people call the City of Long Beach home. When Hurricane Katrina hit almost five years ago, about 17,500 people made up what's known as the Friendly City.

  • 44 percent of homes in Long Beach were damaged during Katrina's strong winds and storm surge.
  • 61 percent of businesses were damaged.
  • 830 permits for homes and 51 permits for new businesses have been issued in the city for new construction or extensive renovations since September of 2005.

As for FEMA money, the city of Long Beach has received about $125 million. $14 million is to complete projects that have already been planned or are in progress.

If you're in the market for some fresh produce make sure you put the City of Long Beach on your agenda Saturdays. The Farmer's Market is open from 9 a.m. to Noon every Saturday on Jeff Davis Avenue.

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